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New puppy won't sleep on her own


Question Posted Tuesday August 3 2010, 10:45 am

My new puppy does not like being left alone. She won't sleep unless I hold her. She prefers if I feed her with my hand, she follows me everywhere. I love her and she is adorable so I tend to give in, but it's like a hour after consistent barking. I just don't know what to do. I have another dog who I think even thinks she is kind of annoying.

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NinjaNeer answered Wednesday August 4 2010, 8:01 am:
This is a layered issue.

First, you need to stop letting the pup control you! She should be eating out of a bowl, not your hand (except for treats). She should be sleeping on her own, quietly. Don't let her tell you what she's going to do!

She needs to learn a command to stop barking. With my dog, we used the word "NOISE!" which we would say loudly back at him when he started barking. Eventually, he learned that he can't just make noise for the heck of it. If you let her bark until she stops, that's fine, but to let her bark for an hour then go and pick her up tells her that it's a) fine to bark when she wants something and b) that it will work every time, so keep barking! Whatever you do, don't give in, because it really confuses the puppy.

Your pup will learn to be alone eventually. She will probably look to the older dog for companionship and leadership. Just don't let her own you, and you'll be fine :)

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XSugarPieX77 answered Tuesday August 3 2010, 9:15 pm:
New puppies do need a lot of attention. Make sure you take the puppy into the outside world liek to the park, different neighborhoods, obedience classes etc. It it seems afraid then let it go around by itself.Puppies don't stop whining for a few months. Just like a baby, sometime you need to just let the puppy cry for a while before it eventually stops. Don't give into the puppy, or else it will continue to always want to be with you. Hope I helped!Good Luck!

-Brina

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